Godfrey Fuhriman

15 Jun 1859 - 8 Dec 1920


Godfrey Fuhriman

15 Jun 1859 - 8 Dec 1920
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Godfrey Fuhriman


Providence City Cemetery

900 River Heights Blvd
River Heights, Cache, Utah
United States

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April 27, 2012


April 15, 2012

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Godfrey Fuhriman Obituary 9 Dec 1920

Contributor: Carol23 Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

WORTHY BISHOP of PROVIDENCE PASSES AWAY Our neighboring town of Providence was called upon to suffer the loss of its worthy bishop yesterday when death claimed Bishop Godfrey Fuhriman. It was but a few days ago that the bishop was on the streets of Logan attending to business just as he has done for years. Last Monday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon he suffered a hemorrhage of the brain followed by a paralytic stroke. The shock was more than he could bear and death claimed him at 12:45 p.m. yesterday. Bishop Fuhriman was born at Durrenroth, in Canton Bern, Switzerland 15 Jun 1859, and made the trip across the ocean to the United States with his parents in 1860. His parents immediately started across the plains arriving in September of that year in the James T. Ross company. Bishop Fuhriman was a good citizen, thrifty, honest, progressive, at all times living up to the high ideals of good American citizenship. He was genial, his face all beaming with sunshine and it is a pleasure to look upon his smiling countenance as he is photographed with his magnificent family in a splendid half tone in the latest history of Utah. He was a farmer by occupation. His education was obtained in the district schools of Providence. During his life he held many positions of trust, having been president and director of many water and milling companies. He was a stockholder and director of the Cache Valley Banking company, and at one time was a director in a sugar factory. On 7 July 1881, he married Bertha Mary Frederick. Six children were the result of this union. His wife died 11 Feb 1895. The following July he married Elizabeth Fluckiger Von Alman. Four children were the result of this union. All of these children are living and will greatly mourn the loss of their good father. His sons have always shown their loyalty in a good cause, answering the call to fill missions for the church and two of them following the flag in the great world war. Bishop Fuhriman has always been a consistent Latter-day Saint, having served as counselor to Bishop Theurer for 20 years and bishop of Providence for 11 years. He was the kind of a man of whom good men are made, a safe barometer for men and women to follow. He was a leader in his town, his industry and individual worth bringing that success that made him independent. Funeral services at this writing have not been decided upon.

Swiss German Missionary Conference 1884 by Paul-Anthon Nielson

Contributor: Carol23 Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

This portrait was taken in the photograph studio of Moritz Emil Vollenweider (d. 1899) and his son, Emil Vollenweider (1849-1921), at Postgasse 68 in the city of Bern on 24 December 1884. A conference of the missionaries serving in the Swiss-German Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) convened in the Hotel Emmentalerhof in Bern on 20 December 1884 under the leadership of European Mision President John Henry Smith (1848-1911), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (since 1880). On that same day, David Kunz wrote in his diary: “[… on the morning of December 20th,] walked [from Niederstocken] to Thun. Got on the train to Bern. My brother, John, joined me at the station at Thun. As we arrived in Bern [at the mission office at] 36 Postgasse, we found Apostle John Henry Smith and several of the Elders there. At 5 P.M. a Priesthood meeting was appointed where all the elders that were present were called upon to speak their feelings. Afterwards Apostle Smith spoke to us for about two hours and gave us some extra good council and told us how to go on and fulfill our duties. It was really a time of rejoicing for the elders to meet again and hear words spoken by one of the Twelve Apostles. I and three more of the Elders went to Brother [John] Teuscher’s to sleep. John Kunz III’s account of that day is somewhat similar: “[…] took train to Bern and there the first Thing we knew met President John Henry Smith one of the twelve Apostels, being then President over the European Mission. And we all had a good blessed time for in the same evning Dec. 20 we had a Priesthood Meeting in the English Languge and all spocke in turns and President Smith give us most exellent Instructions so that we thought we should never forget them it lasted until 11 p.m.” Three sessions were held on Sunday, December 21, 1884, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Monday, the 22nd, general sessions were held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; a conference of the Relief Society was held at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. John Kunz commented that “The whole of the Conference was a decided Success, we received lots of good Teachings and the Spirit of God was there, we all felt to rejoice and to thank God for his Mercy and Blessings.” In his diary entry on Tuesday, John Kunz wrote: “Dec. 23 was spent in having a Jolly time counseled all the Time by John Henry. In the Evning we gathered in the Capacity of a Sonday School Meeting around a nice Christmus tree full of nice Gifts for the little ones. They done so remarkably well that President Smith give each of the Boys who Prayed by opening and dismissing a franc, or twenty cents in U.S. Moneys worth.” On Wednesday, Christmas Eve day, David Kunz commented: “Had our breakfast there [in the Hotel Emmentalerhof] in the morning and went down to [the mission office at] 36 Postgasse. About 11 A.M. all the elders, 14 in number, and Apostle John H. Smith went to Vollenweider’s Gallery to have our likeness’ taken all in one picture. As all 15 of us were placed, we were taken once and Mr. Vollenweider told us to remain in our places. We did so for to be taken again, but before it could be taken again I fainted and fell to the floor. The brethren lifted me up and after a few minutes I came to my senses again and was placed on a chair among the others and our picture was taken. I spent the rest of that day in the office, also that night I stayed there.” John’s account of the experience is similar: “Dec. 24 was resolved by all of the Elders from Zion 15 to have each a Group Picture of all of the 15. We contracted and as we where about to be taken David my Brother fainted a dead faint, we doubted whether he would come again, but finely he got so we could take them, but later Experience learned us they where a failure. David I transported to the Officce and got Sister [Bertha Kunz] Pluess to care for him and went according to apointment in the Emmenthaler Hof to a Christmus Dinner where 14 of us had a good Time with an American Plum Pudding, allthough I missed my Brother very much and returned sooner and found him a great deal improoved. On Christmas day, December 25th, John Kunz III wrote: “a good many of the Brethren left to their diferent fields of Labor and here I must state that my Brother David was appointed President of Central Swiss Conference and myself as such of the Bern conference.” He continued: “Dec. 26, 1884 left Bern and also took leave of my Brother who was told to stay untill more improoved in his health, this Occasion was a new trial and a hard one to me, but as I had resolved to Labor and do whatever the Servants of God placed over me, would advise and apoint me to do, I left all though cryeing and praying, changing untill my head and eyes requested some stop about it.” This photograph is the second shot. Front row, left to right: David Kunz (1855-1916), Assistant Mission Secretary Louis Frederick Moench Sr. (1846-1916), European Mission President John Henry Smith (1848-1911), Swiss-German Mission President Frederick William Schoenfeld II (1831-1918), Mission Secretary Joseph Albert Smith (1844-1926), Thomas Biesinger (1844-1931) and Conrad Vaterlaus III (1835-1917); back row, left to right: Gottlieb Hirschi (1837-1900), Gottfried Fuhriman (1859-1920), George Conrad Naegle (1860-1935), John Kunz III (1844-1918), Jacob Hafen (1836-1917), Jacob Arnold Bigler (1849-1916), Francis (Fred) Marion Lyman Jr. (1863-1957) and John Rudolf Boshard (1856-1928). Information and Identification by Paul-Anthon Nielson kupan@bluewin.ch

Mission Story

Contributor: Carol23 Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

Godfrey Fuhriman, served his mission in Switzerland and Germany in the 1850’s. The following is an experience he had while traveling from Utah to the mission field: The group of missionaries took the train to New York City and spent the night there in the Grand Central Hotel at a cost of $1 a night. In early November, the weather was still cold and it was necessary that they turn on the heat in their hotel room. To do this, it was necessary that they turn on the valve that would allow the gas to tfill the radiators. When they thought they turned the valve off, they inadvertently left it on causing the room to fill with poisonous gas fumes. The next morning Godfrey’s companion found that Godfrey was still sleeping! He was unconscious having inhaled the gas fumes. The elders gave him a priesthood blessing when he was still unconscious and when he woke up, he and the others knew that his life had been spared.

Life Timeline of Godfrey Fuhriman

Godfrey Fuhriman was born on 15 Jun 1859
Godfrey Fuhriman was 10 years old when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
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Godfrey Fuhriman was 18 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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Godfrey Fuhriman was 26 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
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Godfrey Fuhriman was 34 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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Godfrey Fuhriman was 45 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
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Godfrey Fuhriman was 55 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
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Godfrey Fuhriman died on 8 Dec 1920 at the age of 61
Grave record for Godfrey Fuhriman (15 Jun 1859 - 8 Dec 1920), BillionGraves Record 958819 River Heights, Cache, Utah, United States